B1-B Lancer catches fire at Dyess Air Force Base, two people injured

The Air Force grounded its B-1 bomber fleet for a few weeks last year while investigating a fuel system issue

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A B-1B Lancer caught fire during engine maintenance at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas on Wednesday evening. 

Two individuals were injured during the fire and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatning injuries. 

A bystander video shows flames shooting out of what appears to be a plane behind a fenced installation. A spokesperson for the 7th Bomb Wing told Fox News Digital they are looking into the video. 

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"We are so grateful that all members of Team Dyess involved have been treated and are now safely back at home," 7th Bomb Wing commander Col. Joseph Kramer said in a statement Thursday.  "Our B-1 fleet and warfighters remain ready to execute any long-range strike mission."

Dyess Air Force Base, located about seven miles south of Abilene, Texas, is known as the "home of the B-1." 

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The B-1B Lancer is a long-range bomber that was developed in the 1980s and carries a 75,000 pound payload. 

About one year ago, the Air Force grounded its entire fleet of B-1B Lancers for a few weeks after an issue was discovered with the bomber's fuel system, according to the War Zone

An artist's impression of the B-21 Raider.

An artist's impression of the B-21 Raider. (U.S. Air Force)

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The military is currently developing a new long-range bomber, the B-21 Raider, to replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers. 

The 2021 defense appropriations bill put nearly $3 billion toward B-21 development and the Department of Defense eventually plans to acquire at least 100 of them.